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back order

1. noun An item that is not currently available for sale but can be ordered. No, that dress is sold out, but we can make it a back order for you.
2. verb To order an item that is not currently available for sale. No, that dress is sold out, but we can back order it for you.
See also: back, order

back-order something

[for a merchant] to order something that is not in stock and make delivery to the customer when the goods become available. The store didn't have the replacement part for my vacuum cleaner, so the manager back-ordered it for me. The shop had to back-order some of the items on my list.

back order

An item not currently in stock but to be sold or delivered when it becomes available, as in We don't have the shoes in white, but we can make them a back order. The verb back-order means "to obtain such an item," as in The furniture store is going to back-order the sofa for us.
See also: back, order
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Although this would result in a delay associated with the order and ship time, it would also minimize the back-order duration.
Characteristics to look for when assessing the adequacy of the back-order system:
Since purchasing agents at fast-growth companies are under extreme pressure to negotiate deals, track purchase orders and manage the back-order system, they rarely have the time to qualify new vendors.
If the domain name becomes available and there is only one back-order placed on the name, the name will be transferred to the back-order customer, who will be charged $60.
All items immediately available are given a CWT of zero, and the back-order days are captured for all parts that have to be ordered.
SnapNames has arranged on behalf of its customers a unique opportunity to purchase, on a first-come, first-served basis, fixed-price ($74) SnapBack(TM) back-order positions on the deleting names, with the virtual guarantee that names will be secured upon their release for the back-order holder.